fall off the wagon
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- (idiomatic) To cease or fail at a regimen of self-improvement or reform; to lapse back into an old habit or addiction.
- Though he fell off the wagon several times, he eventually succeeded in quitting.
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- In 2006, he checked himself into the Hazelden center in Springbrook, Ore., to be treated for an addiction to alcohol, having fallen off the wagon after some 20 years of sobriety.